We Won’t Force Land Owners To Surrender Them For Grazing– FG

The Federal Government at the weekend said that it would neither force people to surrender land nor seize anybody’s land for grazing purposes in the country.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said this when he received in audience a delegation from Oyo State Government led by the Special Adviser on Projects to Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Tolu Shadipe, in his office. Specifically, the minister stressed that government was not going to seize anybody’s land or force people to surrender land for ranches, disclosing that about 6,000 applicants had so far indicated interests in cattle breeding improvement programme in the country.
This is even as he explained that the focus of the present administration was on the sustainable development of agriculture to save the country from the present economic woes and assured that the Federal Government would continue to develop a strong partnership with state governments. Ogbeh also assured Oyo State Government of President Buhari-led administration’s support in the state’s efforts to optimally develop its agricultural potentials, while urging the state government to leverage on the abundant rainfall in the state to develop ranches for the cattle breeding improvement programme.
He said: “I think ranching is something that can be controlled and it is something that can be carried out in Oyo State by farmers who want to do so and for that we can give some supports”. The minister also advised the state government to expand its cocoa production with the newly improved variety of cocoa with 18 months maturity date, noting that Nigeria, being one of the leading countries in cocoa production after Ivory Coast and Ghana, should take its rightful position. According to him, the FMARD has mapped out various initiatives and programmes such as the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprise (LIFE) project to support state governments, thereby creating jobs and wealth for mostly women and the youths across the country.
Ogbeh explained further that Oyo State, being the hub of poultry business in West Africa, should intensify efforts in expanding the business frontiers to take advantage of opportunities of the implementation of the school feeding programme, which would require a child eating 2 to 3 eggs per week, to boost the state’s economy.
On Federal Government’s plans to enhance agriculture nationwide, the minister said that the Buhari-led government would collaborate with state governments to expand the irrigation systems, noting that Kano and Oyo states, given the fact that they have the highest numbers of dams would benefit maximally from the irrigation projects.

Credit: NationalMirror

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